Celebrating International Women's Day with women in Northern Ireland
8 March 2016
We're celebrating the remarkable achievements of disabled women in the UK and internationally and voicing their opinions this International Women’s Day.
Our chief executive, Clare Pelham, was at Springfield Court in Belfast today talking to the disabled women who use Leonard Cheshire Disability services, as well as those who work there.
Siun and Marie
Siun lives in Springfield Court and has been volunteering for us for over six years.
‘I’m on the steering group for Be Safe, Stay Safe and I’m trying to set up a Northern Ireland user forum for developing the services locally. My advice to other women would be to take all the opportunities that come your way and build on them.’
Marie also lives in Springfield Court and volunteers her time. Her advice to women today is simple:
‘Just go for it!’
Eileen, Anita and Angela
‘I’ve taken opportunities when they have come my way and would encourage other women to be brave and do the same.’
‘I love my role, no two days at the same. I’ve been given development opportunities that have given me my chance to shine.’
‘I didn’t think I wanted to study more to get promoted, but I love it and glad I did it.’
Supporting women to make their mark
Clare talked about the balance of children and career and how she has felt very lucky to have had people offer their time and guidance throughout her career.
‘I feel really honoured to meet this group of clever and impressive women. They all share a determination, warmth and energy that has pushed them forward in their careers and in their ambitions.
‘We need to encourage many more women to put themselves forward, to believe in themselves. Leonard Cheshire Disability believes in the talents, careers and aspirations of women and we want to get better at supporting all women to make their mark.’